ALL-STAR TRYOUTS THIS SATURDAY AT 9:00AM! IF YOU PLAYED IN AT LEAST 10 GAMES DURING THE NAPLES CAL RIPKEN SPRING SEASON AND ARE 8-14 YEARS OLD……WE WANT TO SEE YOU!
Naples Cal Ripken will be represented by 3 All-Star teams this year. We are proud to announce that we will have 10U, 12U and 14U teams this year and look forward to seeing how far our All-Stars will go. The open try outs will be held this Saturday at Veterans Park starting at 9:00AM. All kids are welcome to try out. Please note that due to family Summer travel schedules, there will be great opportunities to make the team. We encourage all players to come and try out, as it is great experience for the future. The 10 U team will be on field 2, the 12U team will be on Field 3 and the 14U will be on Field 1…….ALL TRY OUTS WILL BE AT VETERANS PARK.
There is no cost to try out, once your child is selected to the team, the cost for the entire All-Star season is $175. All players will receive a new all-star uniform which includes the following: Cal Ripken Patched hat, Game Jersey, Game Pants, Game belt and a practice jersey. Please note that all Managers/coaches are required to pay the $175 fee as they are also required to be in full uniform for the District and State tournaments. Please be prepared next week to provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate if they make the team. Please note that the fee does not include any travel related expenses.
Each of the 3 teams will be playing in the Sarasota Cal Ripken Invitational tournament 6/2 – 6/3. This tournament is a great way for our teams to play in 3+ games the weekend before the District Tournament. Please note that team Manager will get with all parents and discuss travel arrangements and accommodations once the team has been selected. Note that this tournament is not mandatory, but the team will need enough players to play games.
District Tournament – This year, the District Tournament for all 3 teams will be played at the Cal Ripken fields in North Ft. Myers. The tournament weekend is 6/8 – 6/10. This is a double elimination tournament and the winner will advance to the state tournament.
State Tournament –
Team Manager Date Location
10U Jeff Ronniger 7/6 Palm Beach Gardens
12U Brian Kramer 7/6 East Bay
14U Kevin Aizenshtat 7/12 Sarasota
If we are lucky enough to have a team advance from the State tournament and move on to Regionals, your manager will communicate the locations and or dates.
Practice Schedules –
Practice the majority of the time will be at Veterans Park for our 10U and 12U teams. The 14U team will have the majority of their practice at Golden Gate field 4 as this is still the only 60/90 field we have access to. Please note that we will be entering the Summer and in SWFL, we all know that it becomes the rainy season. Most Managers will have multiple practices scheduled per week but due to rain, quite a few will end up being cancelled. These teams will try to get in as many practices as possible to make sure we are prepared to take on the other Cal Ripken leagues.
TRY OUT WEATHER ALERT!!!!!!! IF OUR TOURNAMENT THIS WEEK IS DELAYED DUE TO WEATHER, THE ALTERNATE TRY OUT DATE WILL BE TUESDAY 5/22 AT 6:00PM
ALL CAL RIPKEN MANAGERS IN MINOR A, MAJORS AND BABE RUTH ARE REQUIRED TO HELP RUN THE TRYOUTS FOR ALLSTARS. PLEASE REPORT TO VETERANS PARK NO LATER THAN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START TIME. THE ALL-STAR TEAM MANAGER NEEDS HELP RUNNING THE TRY OUT AS WELL AS YOUR ADVICE IN SELECTING THE TEAM. PARTICIPATING IN THIS TRY OUT IS MANDATORY AND WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN SELECTING MANAGERS FOR NEXT SEASON.